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Kya Brown: Aiming for the top

Kya Brown: Aiming for the topKya Brown, 14, attends DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis and serves as a 9th grade student representative on her high school’s student council.

She is on the cheer squad and the basketball team and plans to join the track team in the spring. Her favorite subjects are English and social studies. The highly-involved teenager was also first runner up in the Miss Black Minnesota USA Pageant.
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Ernestine Walton: Angelic warrior

Ernestine Walton: Angelic warriorErnestine Shalema Walton-Brailsford was buried last Friday, the day after Nelson Mandela died. Friends and family mourned her loss and celebrated her life at midday funeral services at Trinity Tabernacle Church in North Minneapolis, where she was an active member.
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New study finds typical U.S. households of color have no retirement savings

New study finds typical U.S. households of color have no retirement savings(BLACK PR WIRE) —  WASHINGTON -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- A new report calculates the severity of the U.S. retirement security racial divide. The analysis finds that every racial group faces significant risks, but people of color face particularly severe challenges in preparing for retirement. Americans of color are significantly less likely than whites to have an employer-sponsored retirement plan or an individual retirement account (IRA), which substantially drives down the level of retirement savings.
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President must eliminate wage inequality

President must eliminate wage inequalityLast week, President Barack Obama delivered an address, starting a dialogue on how the long path to America's current level of inequality has led us to the wrong place.

The president said that Americans' frustration with Washington is "rooted in the nagging sense that no matter how hard they work, the deck is stacked against them." His timing coincided with the nationwide spread of strikes by fast-food workers, showing they cannot wait for Washington to act on raising minimum wages.
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Maya Angelou pens Mandela tribute, 'His Day is Done'

Maya Angelou pens Mandela tribute, 'His Day is Done'(GIN) – A video tribute to Nelson Mandela by poetess Maya Angelou is being distributed widely over the internet.

Angelou reads the poem with deep feeling on the video, which was recently aired on the news show DemocracyNow! The American novelist, in an interview with CBS New York, described meeting Mandela in the 1960s. Mandela and Angelou's husband were members of rival liberation movements when Mandela came to Egypt, where Angelou was living.
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Sounds of Blackness ‘The Night Before Christmas’ delights

Sounds of Blackness ‘The Night Before Christmas’ delightsEncore show added for Dec. 21 at Sabathani

For nearly 43 years the three-time Grammy award-winning musical ensemble, Sounds of Blackness, has been a fixture of the “Minneapolis Sound.”
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A tribute to Madiba: The epitome of grace

A tribute to Madiba: The epitome of graceIf I had my time over I would do the same again, so would any man who dares call himself a man. – Nelson Mandela

There are a lot of words that we can associate with the life, work and struggle of Nelson Mandela. Some of them come to mind immediately: Courage, endurance, faith. Love, forgiveness, redemption: the core of the Christian creed. Still more: patience, reason, confidence, empathy, truth, humility and grace. All of these words would be considered as virtues by most thoughtful people.
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Nelson Mandela timeline

Nelson Mandela timeline1918- July 18: Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela is born a member of the Madiba clan." He is later given his English name, Nelson, by a teacher at his school

1937- Moves to Healdtown attending the Wesleyan college in Fort Beaufort
Fort Hare University: Studied for a B.A. and met his lifelong friend Oliver Tambo
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The U.S. Revolution that supported Mandela

The U.S. Revolution that supported MandelaWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Nearly three decades ago, a handful of prominent Black activists began organizing a movement that would eventually help break the back of apartheid in South Africa and force the U.S. government and American companies to end their support of White minority rule on the continent.
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Biracial instructor accused of being racist for discussing race at MCTC; Union president accuses school of institutional racism

Biracial instructor accused of being racist for discussing race at MCTC; Union president accuses school of institutional racismShannon Gibney is both Caucasian and African-American.

But to a couple of white students at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), Gibney, a professor of English and African diaspora studies, is apparently not white enough – or maybe too Black.
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The Discomfort Zone: Want to teach your students about structural racism? Prepare for a formal reprimand.

The Discomfort Zone: Want to teach your students about structural racism? Prepare for a formal reprimand.*This article originally appeared on slate.com

Shannon Gibney is a professor of English and African diaspora studies at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC). When that’s your job, there are a lot of opportunities to talk about racism, imperialism, capitalism, and history. There are also a lot of opportunities to anger students who would rather not learn about racism, imperialism, capitalism, and history. I presume MCTC knows that; they have an African diaspora studies program. Back in January 2009, white students made charges of discrimination after Gibney suggested to them that fashioning a noose in the newsroom of the campus newspaper—as an editor had done the previous fall—might alienate students of color. More recently, when Gibney led a discussion on structural racism in her mass communication class, three white students filed a discrimination complaint because it made them feel uncomfortable. This time, MCTC reprimanded Gibney under their anti-discrimination policy.
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